Category: Insects

Fascinating Cockroach Facts

Most homeowners are aware of the health and safety risks associated with cockroach infestations, including the allergies and asthma triggered by cockroach allergens, and the germs and bacteria they have been known to spread. What may not be as widely known is the fact that cockroaches are a very... more
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Bug Tip Tuesday | Vacuuming to prevent stink bugs

One effective method for stink bugs control is vacuuming. It may be a simple solution, but it’s one of the best ways to remove these pests from your home. Stink bugs won’t create a nest in your home. They don’t lay eggs indoors – they lay them on leaves. They won’t reproduce or eat... more
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Orb Weaver Spiders

Orb weavers are best known for their elaborate webs and date back to the early cretaceous period. While certainly not common among orb spiders in New England, some extremely large species of orb weavers even eat bats. Species found in New England include the bridge orb weaver (Larinioides... more
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What Do Stink Bugs Eat?

Stink bugs feed on a variety of plants, including fruits. Some of their favorite fruits include mulberries, apples, figs, peaches, citrus and persimmons. In Pennsylvania, these bugs are becoming a serious agricultural pest. They produced some serious losses in peach and apple orchards in... more
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Nursery Web Spiders

These spiders are named for their reproductive habits. Mother spiders carry their egg sacs using their mouth parts and then attach the sac to a plant and build a nursery web around them to protect the emerging spider-lings. Common nursery web spiders in Massachusetts and other parts of New... more
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Striped Grass Spiders

Grass spiders, also called funnel weavers, build funnel-shaped webs on the ground, usually under debris or rocks. Their body color varies, but they usually sport two wide stripes down their bodies. Common grass spiders in New England include Agelenopsis kastoni, Agelenopsis potteri and... more
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Bug Tip Tuesday | Black Widow Spiders in New England

Many people wonder about poisonous spiders in Massachusetts and other parts of New England, especially the notorious black widow. While species of black widow do inhabit New England – notably the northern black widow (Latrodectus variolus) – stumbling upon a black widow is not very likely... more
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The Difference between Wasps and Bees

Wasps and bees are all capable of stinging people, but there are some very noticeable differences between the two. Wasps can sting more than once, while bees will die after they sting because their stinger, which is attached to the poison sac, is barbed and remains in the skin, causing the bee... more
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Large Wolf Spiders

This large family of spiders derives its common name from the tendency to chase and pounce on prey. Wolf spiders are generally dark in color and recognizable by their unique eye arrangement: one row of four small eyes under two rows containing two eyes each. Mother wolf spiders drag their egg... more
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Bug Tip Tuesday | How to Find Bed Bugs

If you have a bed bug infestation, it is best to find it early, before the infestation becomes established or spreads. Treating a minor infestation, while an inconvenience, is far less costly and easier than treating the same infestation after it becomes more widespread. However, low-level... more
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